3 Reasons To Read…Charming as a Verb by Ben Phillipe

3 Reasons to Read...Charming as a Verb by Ben Phillipe

So many books come out each week that it makes it hard to decide what to read. We want to make that a little bit easier on you by sharing our favorite releases from the week and telling you our top 3 reasons why we think you’ll love them too!

This week our selection is Charming as a Verb by Ben Phillipe. Are you ready to hear more about this book and its author? Here we go…

3 Reasons To Read…Charming as a Verb by Ben PhillipeCharming as a Verb by Ben Phillipe
Published by HarperTeen on September 8, 2020
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 336
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4.5 Stars

Henri “Halti” Haltiwanger can charm just about anyone. He is a star debater and popular student at the prestigious FATE academy, the dutiful first-generation Haitian son, and the trusted dog walker for his wealthy New York City neighbors. But his easy smiles mask a burning ambition to attend his dream college, Columbia University.

There is only one person who seems immune to Henri’s charms: his “intense” classmate and neighbor Corinne Troy. When she uncovers Henri’s less-than-honest dog-walking scheme, she blackmails him into helping her change her image at school. Henri agrees, seeing a potential upside for himself.

Soon what started as a mutual hustle turns into something more surprising than either of them ever bargained for. . . .

This is a sharply funny and insightful novel about the countless hustles we have to keep from doing the hardest thing: being ourselves.

3 Reasons You Should Read…

Charming as a Verb by Ben Phillipe

  • GUYS! This one needs to be on your TBR List immediately. We love books about the senior year of high-school, maybe because there just aren’t that many and it’s such a big year of transition. Charming as a Verb takes on that transition in a wonderfully realistic way. There are teen struggles and teen humor and we are here for it!
  • Get ready to fall in love with Henri Haltiwanger. Between a highly competitive and academic high-school, a dog walking side hustle, and being the son of immigrants he has a lot going on. But it’s safe to say that he’s definitely going to charm you.
  • If you’re in the market for something witty, smart, and full of heart you are going to want to grab a copy of this one. We can’t recommend it enough.

Bottom Line:

Charming as a Verb is exactly the kind of coming of age-feel good contemporary that we love. Its characters leap off the page and have you smiling right along with them.

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About Ben Phillipe

Ben Phillipe

Ben Philippe was born in Haiti, raised in Montreal, Qc, Canada, and now resides in New York. He is a graduate of the Michener Center for Writers at UT Austin and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University. He still doesn't have a valid driver’s license, which is both #beautiful and #brave.

Charming as a Verb by Ben Phillipe

4.5 Stars


  1. This one is totally on my TBR! And I’ll definitely be ordering it for the school library where I work because I think my students will love it! Great review!

    Lisa Loves Literature

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